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02 September 2005 @ 10:31 pm
Hurricane Katrina  
This girl sums up my thoughts on Hurricane Katrina perfectly.

Yes, we couldn't stop the wind and the floods, but if troops hadn't been diverted to Iraq; if disaster funds hadn't been diverted to Iraq; if over 800,000 people in New Orleans weren't so dirt poor that, end-of-the-month checks spent, they couldn't afford to get out of town...

And the thing that makes me the angriest of all is hearing how people are being raped at the Superdome. WTF? Sick, sick, sick. I just honestly can't fathom how some people can be so disgusting. But I guess that goes without saying.

I just don't know what else to say.

edit: This squirrel says it the best ;) {contains swearing}
art, crafting & domestic bliss!sagiegirl on September 2nd, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
I am so furious at our president. I hope the people who voted for him are seeing this though clear eyes now...It is such a shame.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on September 2nd, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
I know :( I saw him on our news this morning saying how fundraising was needed. It pissed me off so much, considering HE'S the one who's directed money into war & military operations, but not into helping the poverty stricken or aiding in evactuation of the city before the hurricane hit. It just seems so hypocritical.
agreeably on September 2nd, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
as an american, i see absolutely no connection between what happened in new orleans and troops being in iraq. disaster relief efforts are typically headed up by the national guard and army reserves, not the active military. and while this isn't directed at you personally, i often feel that people in other countries place an unneccessary amount of blame on the united states whenever anything even slightly related to us goes a bit wrong. this isn't about politics, it's about a natural disaster, and i wish people could move past who they think is at fault and instead concentrate their efforts on helping out those who were effected by it.
starmiranda on September 2nd, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
But Bush has called up much of the National Guard & Army reserves to Iraq, so the relief efforts are shorthanded. That's the connection.
agreeably on September 2nd, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
oh i realize that, but just saying "troops" is ambiguous and i thought the writer was implying that if more of the active military was in the states, the situation would be different or some how improved.
ex_snowcanwa171 on September 2nd, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)

*squeals* LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE this, thanks honey!

ex_snowcanwa171 on September 2nd, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)

Erm, that was the squirrel link I was referring to of course, not the post itself. :(
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on September 2nd, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
haha... I figured as such ;)
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    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on September 2nd, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
I understand completely.
There are just so many extremes.
The whole "shoot to kill" thing scares me. As if it wasn't chaotic and dangerous enough already without people with guns blowing off shots everywhere. God, what a nightmare for those poor people :(
starmiranda on September 2nd, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
I just can't belive how horribly the federal government is reacting to this. It's disgusting. The racism & classism is horrifying. it's just so sad.

foxglovedfoxgloved on September 2nd, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
I think I know where my allowance is going this month. Is the Red Cross the best place to donate?

Reading that article, the one at salon.com, made my throat tighten up. I want to cry and throw up at the same time. The quote about the hurricane having more deaths than 9/11, but no "war on poverty" starting... wow. It's times like these that I doubt my whole priviledged life. Like, what the hell am I doing for the world? I could go on forever with this.
foxglovedfoxgloved on September 2nd, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of that Ani DiFranco quote:
"cause take away our playstations,
and we are a third world nation"
?%___heroi nfrost ed flakes___&;;distantsun on September 2nd, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
Of all the Katrina stuff, I think this might've actually shattered me the most. (Transcript here, but really, listen to it.)
♥Lokaha Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu♥jupitersiren on September 2nd, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
There were people raped at the Superdome and the Convention Center. There were reports of Suicide and shootings. It is mayhem but hopefully soon under control.
The political arguments and social arguments are unsettling. I did vote for Bush and to many that is despicable, I know. But I do not blame him for the hurricane that has taken homes from My family and lives of friends. I do blame some things regarding financial help and so forth. But none the less I am not looking to point a fingers right now, neither is my family and if anyone should be it would be my family. We are grieving for a home that is lost and a city that will never be the same. I am hoping my family returns to Louisiana and can create a new home in Baton Rouge.
I am sickened by the things I see on TV, see people post and I am sick to know that so many have lost their lives in this disaster....Not only in New Orleans but the surrounding states as well. It is just sad.
You are right! I agree...lol the Squirrel says it best!!!

(sorry for rambling on in your blog...your hugs and sweet comments are keeping me upbeat as much as possible!)
Full-Pronged Fury!!!!: Empty (from grassrootsicons)angerfork on September 3rd, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
People truly are a sick bunch of pack animals, ya? I mean...in a case like that, where everyone needs to rely on each other to make sure that everything goes all right...why the hell would anyone rape another person?!?

Not that it isn't a question that needs to be asked in any situation...but especially when a group's survival is at stake...

Tis truly a tragedy...I just wish I knew what to say...